Jessa. Age: 32.
For the first time in its year history, the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival — also known as Fall Fest — will take place as the signature event of an independent film institution, rather than as the signature event of a Jewish arts and culture institution the recently departed Gershman Y. For one thing, the lineup itself is a bit smaller than usual. As usual, the films have been selected from the major festivals, from Telluride to Tribeca to Toronto, and seek to showcase the best of American and international Jewish cinema. There are an equal number of documentary and narrative features, reflecting an audience request, as well as a higher number of uplifting films, another result of feedback.
Vanessa. Age: 30.
Philly’s LGBTQ Film Festival Returns For Its 25th Season, March 25-31
And this year is the biggest ever. She says the festival showcases films that address a variety of LGBT issues, like same sex marriage, non-traditional families, gay-straight friendships and much more. Coombes says the past year has been a banner one for the LGBT community, with gay marriage becoming more mainstream and many more in the LGBT community standing up for civil rights.
Adrienne. Age: 27.
In recent years, Philadelphia has repeatedly ranked as one of the top cities for independent filmmakers, ahead of Los Angeles. Reasons include a large filmmaking community, a healthy and helpful film office, affordable living, and a diverse city full of interesting locations and owned by people still excited by filmmaking and willing to share what they have. Philadelphia is a major cultural center for music, theater, dance, fine arts and media. The city has 19 television stations, sound stages, recording studios, dozens of video production and postproduction houses, over 60 movie houses, international film festivals, an active independent film and video community, several feature films produced on location each year.
The festival brings dozens of indie films — many of which are Philadelphia and even East Coast premieres — to a handful of theaters in Center City, including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Plays and Players Theatre near Rittenhouse Square. That tradition continues at the edition of qFLIX Philadelphiawhich features more than 50 films spotlighting the filmmakers, screenwriters and actors from across the globe who are sharing stories about the LGBTQ experience on the big screen. The qFLIX itinerary includes seven days of film screenings, including feature lengths that have never been shown in the U.